Feature film production in LA increases

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(Photo credit: FilmLA)

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Thanks to a jump in feature film production, on-location filming in the Los Angeles area increased by 9.5 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period last year, according to statistics released today.

On-location feature production increased by 19.5 percent in the area to reach 1,959 permitted production days, according to FilmL.A., the nonprofit group that coordinates and tracks local film production. The group called the jump in film production a “continuing sign of recovery” in a segment that has been suffering from so-called runaway production to other parts of the country.

Local on-location television production, however, dropped 3.6 percent during the third quarter to 4,091 permitted production days, according to FilmL.A. The segment suffered a 14.3 percent drop in reality television production, a 15 percent drop in sitcoms and 15.6 percent decline in web-based TV production, according to the report.

On-location filming of commercials jumped 17.7 percent during the quarter — its strongest showing of the year.

“Any increase in local production is cause for celebration, as long as we don’t lose sight of the big picture,” FilmL.A. President Paul Audley said. “California has yet to match and overcome out-of-state competition for this business.”

Audley noted that for local feature film production to get back to its historical levels, Los Angeles-area production would need to jump by 125 percent.

The California Film and Television Tax Credit Program, which offers tax incentives for local productions, helped generate 107 permitted production days for feature films between July and September, according to the group. The films “Best Man,” “Jersey Boys,” “Kitchen Sink,” “OT Beach” and “Ride” were among those taking advantage of the credit.

The credit helped generate 182 production days during the quarter, with shows including “Lost Angels,” “Major Crimes,” “Rizzoli and Isles” and “Teen Wolf.”

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